Dobson kicking goals for bushfire prevention

Former East Fremantle premiership footballer Mal Dobson is up for a major volunteering award. Picture: Martin Kennealeyd418848
Former East Fremantle premiership footballer Mal Dobson is up for a major volunteering award. Picture: Martin Kennealeyd418848

The 9-5 financial planning director was nominated for 35 years of ongoing service to the community.

Mr Dobson, who played 178 games of football over 10 years for East Fremantle in the WAFL, is involved in the community through his position as a representative on the Jandakot regional parks committee for the Department of Environment and Conservation and as a local sporting coach. Mr Dobson has also spent more than a decade as a volunteer firefighter and treasurer with the Jandakot Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, a position he continues to relish.

‘Volunteering is good fun. You feel as though you’re contributing to helping other people,’ he said.

‘A volunteer fire brigade is a bit like a football team; everyone fills a role and there’s no agenda or ethic bias or anything like that.

‘Anyone can get involved. It’s all about helping fight a fire.’

Award winners will be announced on May 15.